Today I want to talk more about how magick can be used for justice and taking one's power back - I want to talk about Hex Magick.
What is Hex Magic?
Simply put, Hex magick, also known as baneful magick, is about sending back the negative energy someone has directed at you. It's a defensive tool, a mirror spell, reflecting the very intent of the oppressor back onto them. It's less about inflicting harm and more about turning the tables.
There is a misconception in many modern spiritual circles that magick should only ever be used for ‘good’ – for healing, for love, for peace. And while those are all admirable goals, there is also a place and a need for more forceful, assertive forms of magick.
Why Engage in Hex Magick?
As with many things, it starts with personal experiences. There are those who attempt to impose their will, their negativity, or even their fear onto others. An oppressor will seek to control, dominate others. But what happens when the oppressed decide to push back? Hex magick is one such form of resistance.
Hex, or baneful magick, is about rebalancing the scales. It’s about standing up to bullies and oppressors, and using every tool at your disposal to fight for what’s right. It’s not about revenge or pettiness; it’s about justice. And sometimes, justice requires a firmer hand.
Hexing is a form of magickal self-defence. When all other avenues have been exhausted, when the system is stacked against you, when you’re facing a threat that you cannot fight with words or physical might alone, then Hexing becomes a valid option.
The Ethics of Hexing
Hexing, in essence, is a political act. It's a stand against oppression and a refusal to be victimised. Oppressed groups throughout history have been urged to "keep the peace" by those in positions of power. Yet real change, true freedom, has almost always come at the price of unrest, struggle, and sometimes violence. In the magickal realm, Hexing is a form of this unrest.
Some equate Hexing with low vibrations or negativity. But this perception tends to come from a place of privilege. It's a luxury to distance oneself from the tools of the marginalised when one isn't feeling the weight of oppression.
Hexing has its time and place
Now, this doesn’t mean that everyone should go around Hexing randomly. Far from it. Hexing, like all forms of magick, requires a deep understanding of the energies you’re working with and a clear ethical framework. It requires discernment, wisdom, and the ability to see the bigger picture.
But it is a tool, and like all tools, it has its time and place. To dismiss Hex magick outright is to leave yourself without a powerful tool that can help to protect you and others. Dismissing this type of work is to tie one hand behind your back in the fight against injustice and oppression.
When wielding Hex magick, it's essential to remember this rule: always punch upward. Always target those in positions of more power, and causing or adding to oppressive practices. Never further oppress the vulnerable. By adhering to this principle, your magickal work remains ethical and in service of justice and equality.
Debunking the Rule of Three
A common belief, especially among those new to magick, is the Rule of Three: any intent you send out, positive or negative, will return to you threefold. This idea primarily originates from Wiccan beliefs, a religion that's relatively young in the grand timeline of human spirituality. If you believe in it, it might manifest for you, but it's not a universal rule.
Belief in this rule serves certain people as it can further oppresses certain communities by stopping people from taking action. Read another blog I wrote about Karma & the Law of Three.
For those of you who are hesitant about Hexing, who are wary of baneful magick, I urge you to approach the topic with an open mind. Study, learn, seek out those who are experienced in these arts and listen to their wisdom. And most importantly, trust your own intuition, your own sense of right and wrong.
Dismantling Oppression Through Magick
Hexing isn't just about personal vendettas. It's about dismantling oppressive structures. When we have the privilege, it's our duty to work towards dismantling the very structures that grant us these privileges.
At the end of the day, it’s not about whether Hexing is ‘good’ or ‘bad’. It’s about how you use it. It’s about the intention behind your actions and the effect they have on the world around you. If you can use Hexing to stand up for the vulnerable, to fight against oppression, to protect those you love... then isn’t that a powerful and righteous use of magick?
Remember, if you want to make a change, sometimes it's essential to stand your ground, even in the world of magick.
Join me in Burn R*pe Culture Hex Work Class on Tuesday 31st October at 4pm UK time